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'Oops': U2's Bono Apologizes for Automatic 'Songs of Innocence' Downloads

U2 took to Facebook Tuesday to answer questions from fans, one of whom brought up the "rude" mandatory download of "Songs of Innocence" on iTunes.
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U2 took to Facebook Tuesday to answer questions from fans on a variety of topics, and it may come as no surprise that one of them related to the automatic download of the band's latest album, "Songs of Innocence," to iTunes libraries worldwide. "It's really rude," concluded the asker. Bono offered a good-humored apology, saying the band "might have got carried away with ourselves." The singer blamed "a drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard."

"There's a lot of noise out there," Bono lamented. "I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it." The rest of the Q&A hit a number of other topics, from the smell of a rock star to a recent photobombing by Benedict Cumberbatch, and few of the thousands of people who liked, shared and commented pursued the mandatory download issue further.



—Devin Coldewey